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Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy

Call for Papers

Theme: Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy
Type: MuDD 2019 Conference
Institution: Communication, Culture and Diversity Research
Group (CCD), Jönköping University
Location: Jönköping (Sweden)
Date: 8.–10.4.2019
Deadline: 15.1.2019

MuDD2019 is part of a series of conferences/workshops that the CCD
research environment, Communication, Culture and Diversity, has
organized since 1998. Research and societal developmental projects
that focus on communication, diversity, identity and learning have
been on the agenda at CCD since the mid-1990s.

These thematically focused activities are open to senior and junior
researchers and students, and in some activities also to
professionals from different sectors. The themes of MuDD2019 are
linked to the long-term work in the think tank DoIT (Participation
and Inclusion) and to some of our ongoing research projects – most
prominently the new research project SLoT (Language, Learning and
Theater) that is being co-conducted with our cross-sectorial partner
Örebro Regional Theater. Description of Theme

Issues related to integration and learning goals for all students
have been prioritized areas in education and research during the last
few decades. This has become more critical given the recent
demographic shifts related to immigration and digitalization.
Concepts like multilingualism, learning and democracy have become
unstable and, as a result, a plethora of neologisms have emerged. The
three key concepts at MuDD2019 are in need of being revisited with
the intention of being revitalized in relationship to what is being
experienced as emergent communicative practices where multiple
language-varieties and new technologies are involved.

The MuDD2019 international conference will bring together
international experts from across the global-North and the
global-South with the intent of interrogating the continuing
dichotomized situation (in particular in nation-states like Sweden)
wherein mono-lingualism and mono-culturalism constitutes the norm and
multilingualism and diversity are seen as the exception. MuDD2019
also has the potential to create new knowledge of relevance for
present day challenges related to mobility, migration and
communication across virtual-physical spaces. It will bring together
senior and junior scholars from different research disciplines,
including professionals from among other sectors the educational and
cultural sectors, thus allowing for theorizing and bridging the
dichotomies between monodisciplinary research areas and professional
fields. Programme MuDD2019

The conference will be structured in two parts:

- 8-9 April:
A small-scale research conference with the participation of invited
international featured scholars and peer-reviewed short-listed
scholars (see below); this part of the conference will focus upon
theoretical and methodological questions and empirically framed
studies pertaining to the MuDD2019 theme

- 10 April:
A larger conference workshop which will feature the scholars from the
research conference as well as be open to professionals and scholars;
presentations by some of the senior scholars – primarily from
different parts of the world will be curated by the organizing
committee for the purposes of the conference workshop. Individuals
who are not presenting but would like to participate are welcome to
register for this day when registration opens.


Registration for Conference April 8-9th and Conference Workshop April
10th, will be opened on 25th of January, 2019.

Confirmed International Featured Speakers

- Dr. Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
- Associate Prof. Mira Desai, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India
- Prof. Ana Deumert, University of the Cape Town, South Africa
- Prof. Imtiaz Hasnain, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
- Prof. Nancy Hornberger, The Graduate School of Education,
 University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Associate Prof. Sanjay Ranade, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India
- Dr. Kavita Rane, Chairman, PRABHA Foundation, Maharashtra, India 
- Prof. Elise Seip Tønnessen, The University of Agder in
 Kristiansand, Norway 
- Associate Prof. Alessio Surian, The University of Padova, Italy 
- Prof. Gudrun Ziegler, The multi-LEARN Institute for Interaction and
 Development in Diversity,  Luxembourg

Scientific committee Chair:
- Professor Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, CCD, JU

Committee members:
- Senior Lecturer Elisabet Sandblom, CCD, JU
- Senior Lecturer Anette Almgren White, CCD, JU
- CEO Petra Weckström, Örebro Regional Theater
- Professor Ylva Lindberg, CCD, JU
- Affiliate Professor Francis M. Hult, CCD, JU

- Dr. Radu Dinu, JU
- Sara Goico, JU
- Karen Ann Blom, JU


A) For small-scale research conference (8-9 April)

Abstracts (max 500 words) of research studies that are clearly
related to the MuDD2019 themes and aims are solicited. Your abstract
should be structured using the following headings: 

- a statement of the theoretical and methodological frameworks used,
- the empirical materials explored,
- the research questions focused upon,
- preliminary/final findings of the study, and
- how the study relates to the theme of the conference. 

Papers will be selected following criteria of excellence and novelty.
In addition, dimensions related to gender equality, balance between
junior and senior researchers, and cultural diversity among
participants will be aimed for. Author/s of accepted abstracts will
be expected to make available a full-length draft of their
research/studies for discussion at the first and second conference
days of MuDD2019 (see deadline below). Selected papers will be
considered for publication in the open access research report series
of the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University.

Upon acceptance to the conference, participants will be able to
receive a letter of invitation for visa purposes.

Please submit your abstract file to:

Deadline is January 15, 2019

B) For conference workshop (10 April)

Presentations (max 500 words) for the cross-sector meetings/
workshops that are 20-40 minutes long and are clearly related to the
MuDD2019 themes and aims are solicited.

The presentations should include:
- a short introduction or background and,
- a description what will be presented or focused upon in a workshop

Please inform us of any technical/practical requirements (for example
a projector or a room with an open floor) and the possible number of
participants who could attend your presentation.

Presentations will be selected with the purpose of including a wide
variety of sectors and based upon the criteria of excellence and
novelty. In addition, dimensions related to gender equality,
functionality representation and balance between sectors, as well as
cultural diversity among participants will be aimed for. Possible
themes may include but are not restricted to, representation of
diversity in cultural settings from a consumer as well as producer
perspective – challenges and novel solutions; authors' engagement in
school education/literacy activities, publishers', filmmakers’
strategies to meet diversity; the impact of multilingualism on
workplace diversity and learning; challenges meet by regional and
national authorities, civil societal organizations, etc.

Presentation proposals should be submitted to:

The Deadline is January 15, 2019

Participants whose presentations are accepted will have to finance
their travel and accommodation themselves. A small fee will be
charged to cover the meals during the conference workshop. A small
number of travel bursaries are available for participants from the
global-South. Upon acceptance to the conference, participants who
need a travel visa will be able to receive a letter of invitation.

Conference website: